Kazakhstan introduced a ban on the import of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan. The official website of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan informs.
According to it, import of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan, infected with golden nematode, became more frequent recently. Since the beginning of 2016, there have been revealed 79 cases and prevented the import of more than 1 thousand tons of the infected tubers.
"Nematode is highly harmful. The loss of potatoes crop ranges from 25 to 90 percent depending on the degree of soil contamination and persistence of the sort. In addition, the quality of the products is deteriorating, the infected potato forms small tubers or does not form it at all. Besides, nematode cysts are very viable. In the absence of solanaceous crops in the soil, it retains the viability for 10 years and more. The nematode is not afraid of drought, flooding and frost and is easily spread even with clods of earth, stuck to shoes and paws of animals, flood waters and wind," statement said.
To prevent the importation of contaminated products, the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety of the Kyrgyz Republic was sent notification of violations of Kazakhstan's phytosanitary requirements on each of the facts. The Government of Kazakhstan appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic to take action and to prevent penetration of the infected potatoes. However, information on the measures taken by the Kyrgyz Republic has not been received. Moreover, cases of importation of contaminated potatoes from Kyrgyzstan continue to be revealed as before.
"Due to beginning of planting season in the southern regions, potatoes from Kyrgyzstan can be used in Kazakhstan as seed material. Therefore, Kazakhstan has introduced a temporary ban on the import of potatoes from Kyrgyzstan since May 4, 2016," the Ministry of Agriculture of the neighboring country noted.